NW16 Exemplary Facilities

The October issue of Network 16 News features Congratulations for the 2017 Exemplary Practice Awards, presented at the NW16 Annual Quality Conference in Seattle October 22, 2017.  Awards were given for Patient Engagement, Quality Innovation in reducing long-term catheters and hospital acquired infections, and Data Accuracy and Timeliness.  The Awards went to Northwest Kidney Centers, North Spokane Renal Center, McMinnville Dialysis, St. Peters Hospital, and the Fort Peck Tribal Dialysis Unit.

This issue also includes a “Question Corner” on the NW16 2018 Quality Improvement Activities, and a “Hot Dates” list that includes:

  • CNSW NW Chapter Fall Educational Conference November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA
  • CNSW OR SW-WA Chapter Workshop November 8, 2017 in Portland OR
  • NWRN Annual Conference March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA
  • NKF Spring Clinical Meetings April 11-14, 2018 in Austin TX

Find more information about these Hot Dates on our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ .  A copy of this issue of Network 16 News resides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/Nw16N/Exemplary1017.pdf , and a full catalog of back issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

11/13 CMS ED Measure Comment Request

As part of a contract with the University of Michigan to develop a quality measure on Hospital Emergency Department Visits, CMS has issued a call for public comments, which are due by 13 November, 2017.  For more information and comment instructions, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/PC-Currently-Accepting-Comments.html#0001 .

Reporting Disasters & Emergencies

The September Network 16 News is on Emergency/Disaster Reporting, and includes instructions for Northwest Renal Network (Network 16) facilities to report disruption of patient treatment, as is required by CMS.  Instructions for Network 18 facilities can be found at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

The Network 16 News issue also includes a “Question Corner” on addressing patient concerns about scheduling their dialysis (see also https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Schedules0817.pdf), and notes about upcoming professional meetings:

And a note welcoming Network 16’s new Quality Improvement Education Coordinator, Ashley Thomsen, RN, BSN.

Find a copy of the Network 16 News issue at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

10/22 NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve added the July issue of Network 16 News to our website.  This edition summarizes the recent Network 18 Quality Conference that featured sessions on palliative care and violence prevention, and announces that registration is open for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (Southcenter), at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee1vuqhebf5c5af8&llr=hakkwkrab .  The Network 16 Conference will feature sessions on mental health, fluid control, survey readiness, AKI, residual function, and palliative care.

The Network 16 News issue also links to the August 20, 2017 NKF Annual Community Picnic & Wellness Fair in Portland, the September 24, 2017 Strut Your Kidney run/walk in Portland, and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Nephrology Nursing Practices, Management & Leadership Conference in Miami FL.  Find more information about these events by clicking on “Facility Calendar” at the top of this page.

You can find current and past Network 16 News issues at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

Texting Orders Banned

JCAHO and CMS have issued a new ruling that texting of medical orders from a personal mobile device (such as a smartphone) is no longer permitted, whether or not the texting service claims to be secure.  The preferred method is to enter orders directly into the Electronic Health Record.  Written order are still permitted, as are verbal orders when neither EHR nor written orders are feasible.

This is the headline article in the June 2017 issue of Network 16 News.  This issue also contains:

Find all Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .